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. to that end president obama will speak in the next hour at a shipyard in virginia, but he won't be alone on the trail. president obama is traveling with, wait for it, a republican congressman, scott rigell, and the message the president is taking to the people of virginia? >> i stand by those commitments to make the reforms for smart spending cuts. we also need republicans to adopt the same approach to tax reform that speaker boehner championed just two months ago. >> speaking of the message speaker boehner championed just two months ago, let us take a whirl in the not so way back machine. >> real revenue growth is critically important as long as real cuts in spending if we're going to solve our long-term fiscal problem. i made it clear to the president that i would put a trillion dollars worth of revenue on the table if he were willing to put a trillion dollars worth of spending reductions on the table. we have to find a way to address this significant spending problem that we have and we need to find a way through tax reform to begin to grow our economy in a way that will create more j
that will run in five states targeting north carolina senator kay hagen. the ad reads "will obama's gun proposals work? his own experts say no." the debate continues at the national level, and states are moving quickly on gun legislation, but in opposite directions. today the new jersey statehouse will vote on 20 bills, including banning magazines over ten rounds, banning armor-piercing bullets, and requiring universal background checks. on monday the colorado statehouse passed a bill passing universal background checks, limiting magazines to 15 rounds and banning concealed guns in stadiums and on college campuses. meanwhile, in south carolina a state senate committee approved a bill allowing cob sealed guns in bars. republicans in the arizona statehouse introduced a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools, and in wyoming the statehouse just passed a bill that would invalidate a federal ban on assault weapons and charge federal officials trying to enforce the law with a misdemeanor. the wyoming senate is recommending removing that provision gin the fact that it would see
the nra. organizing for action reminds me of the way the obama campaign, via vi the republican party, that dynamic where they cut out the middle man and emphasize direct engagement. they're still really entrenched powers. when you mention this state legislation situation, you suddenly find out what kind of world the nra and its supporters are envisioning, and that is this hobsian world where more guns for school teachers. my least favorite manifestation of this is more guns for rape victims because republicans and the nra need to show their concern for women. >> they've done so good on the rape issue thus far. why not bring it back up? >> exactly. the next question that you ask is if you got raped and you didn't shoot your rapist, what's wrong with you? again, they're envisioning this kind of society where everyone is heavily armed and kind of just like, you know, shooting at each other. >> but in the same way you mention the relationship with the republican party, there is an extremism that the nra has shown, which has moved people to say i don't want to be with that, and so you are
sleuthing did reveal much about their feelings regarding barack obama, president. of the many, many actually relevant items left largely off the table? not one question about drones, despite the fact the u.s. has carried out 362 drone strikes since 2004. troop suicides, of which there were as many as 349 last year alone were mentioned twice. rapes inside the military estimated at 19,000 per year got five passing mentions. while israel was brought up 166 times yesterday, afghanistan, the longest running war in american history, and one that has cost almost 2,000 american lives was brought up 20 times. glen thrush, i ask you, the hearings yesterday, were they ever even meant to be hearings, or was it a trial for the obama administration? >> i was just struck by the great positive energy that chuck hagel was giving off at these hearings. didn't he look like he had just been abduct and pushed out of a moving vehicle? >> he was facing eight hours of questioning that as we showed at the beginning, in some ways had nothing to do with what he would do as defense secretary. >> i have been to several
bernstein. >>> while president obama continues to warn of the damaging effects of the sequester and republicans lob insults from the sidelines, you'd never know anything was wrong from the market. damn the sequester screams one headline. the dow closed up another 50 points yesterday to settle above 14,000 while the s&p reached a five-year high. there are danger signs ahead. earlier this month, the cbo warned the sequester will have economic growth in 2013 and result in 750,000 lost jobs, but the collective eye roll of the market have been mirrored in the empty hallways of the capitol as lawmakers continue to enjoy a week-long break. complacency is further fuelled by the deadline is malleable. they won't fall apart on sequester day of reckoning said an aide. what actually happens on march first, nothing. nothing happens. while the meet cleaver may not fall on day one, things spiral in the days and weeks ahead. today secretary of defense leon panetta notified congress of the pentagon's plan to furlough 700,000 civilian employees, who, beginning in april, will be required to take o
obama likes and we think it's the best way to get his attention on spending." which is maybe why you're seeing so much political posturing in the days leading up to it. >> no question. the thing that, i think, bugs me and from ezra's comments, him as well, the most about this is while all these political maturations are going on, and sure, you can have great positioning and fights about this spending program and that spending program, nobody's talking about the underlying economy. as i said, the unemployment rate is stuck at 8%. that's way too high. you have millions of people in long-term unemployment, so the idea you're actually engaging in fiscal policy that's hurting an already weak economy so you can have these political fights is antithetical to what i believe policy makers' jobs are. >> it's hard to say we're making a stand when this is a republican senator being quoted on a blind. that's not much of a stance. >> off the record. >> i think the optics of this are both sides are trying to claim a high ground here. we've seen what the president is doing with his bully pulpit all
. >> msnbc contributor sam stein. a few minutes from now, president obama will make his first appearance since the state of the union, speaking to manufacturers in asheville, north carolina. last night, the president put policy front and center, building upon the moral framework he outlined in his inaugural address. the quality was front and center as the president unveiled a series of new initiatives. he vowed equal treatment and benefits for gay and lesbian servicemembers. and returned to an issue for which he began his presidency, fair pay for women. >> and i ask this congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts and finally pass the paycheck fairness act this year. >> the president announced a nonpartisan commission to crack down on voter suppression. recalling the story of a miami bottom who waited six hours to cast her ballot. >> hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line to support her because desalien is 102 years old. and they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read. "i voted. >> he pitched the idea of universal preschoo
, it sort of reminded you and why people get frustrated with president obama, he had unifiability when he puts his mind to it. and wants to be unified in some things and that last ten minutes -- >> well, the last ten minutes focusing on those victims of gun violence who deserve a vote. he's been actually, i think, very great in sort of wrapping his arms around emotion of gun violence and sort of presenting that to the country in a way that isn't divisive and politically charged. and as you said, chuck -- >> low political bar. give a vote. >> just stand up and be counted. let people whether you're for or against him. i read through the speech quickly before when he got it just before he delivered it. and sigh remember thinking, i wish -- there's such a lot of stuff that's so dry. you're going to lose the audience. did people actually make it to the last ten minutes? he saved the crescendo to the end. a classic obama. there was nothing left out, immigration, housing. >> and he led with -- which i thought was -- >> skwelead with sequester and finish -- >> lead with sequester? >> here we are
drastically trimmed by the so-called sequester, president obama urged congress to avoid the cuts and specifically urged republicans in congress. >> republicans in congress face a simple choice. are they willing to compromise to protect vital investments in education and health care and national security and all the jobs that depend on them, or would they rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loophole that is benefit only the healthiest americans and biggest corporations? that's the choice. >> while the cuts would put the gvt government on a path towards a debt reduction, they are inkrimtat or a lot like a meat clever. it would force the f.a.a. to regularly furlough 4,000 workers a day which accounts for more than 10% of its entire staff. 125,000 families would immediately lose rental assistance putting them at risk of homelessness, and the military's health insurance program would face a $3 billion shortfall, meaning retirees and dependents of active soldiers could lose their coverage. as congress heads
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